Revised to match the content in The Catholic All Year Prayer Companion.
In this booklet, you’ll find all the Bible passages, prayers, songs, and devotions that our family uses throughout the month of October to enhance our family prayer life and our liturgical living in the home. All the Catholic All Year monthly prayer booklets are designed to be used year after year.
I created this booklet to keep from having to wade through all the different versions of prayers available online, and because I really prefer paper over screens when I’m praying. For all the history, tradition, and backstories surrounding these prayers, blessings, and devotions and the feast days to which they are attached, please consult the Catholic All Year Compendium.
October is the month of the Holy Rosary. Pious tradition tells us that Our Lady herself gave the concept of the Rosary as we recite it now to St. Dominic in an apparition in 1214. For hundreds of years, the Rosary has been recommended by popes, saints, and Our Lady in further apparitions.
Although it often feels difficult—impossible even—to say the Rosary well, especially in a family, it is ALWAYS worth the attempt. I take great solace in this quote from Fr. Mark Kirby: “The devil, of course, hates the Rosary, precisely because it changes hearts, detaches from sin, attaches to the all–pure Mother of God, and leads to conversion. One of the ploys he uses to deter people from praying it is to suggest that unless one can pray it well, i.e. perfectly, one shouldn’t pray it at all. I would suggest, rather, that the Rosary, even prayed badly, is better than no Rosary at all.”
The current Manual of Indulgences encourages the recitation of the Rosary by offering a plenary indulgence, subject to the usual conditions, available to the faithful every day of the year. To gain it, the Rosary must be recited in a church, a family, a religious community, or a group of friends. The five decades must be recited without interruption, and meditation on the mysteries of the Rosary must be added to the vocal prayers. Otherwise, the indulgence becomes partial.
In this month’s booklet, you’ll find instructions and all the necessary prayers for the Rosary, as well as prayers and Bible readings in honor of October saints including St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the Guardian Angels, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Luke, and Pope St. John Paul II.
For Halloween a.k.a All Hallows Eve, which kicks off next month’s devotion to the Holy Souls in Purgatory, you’ll find prayers and poems, perfect for families and friends who want to revel in the macabre Truths of the long Catholic tradition of Halloween . . . that we will each die, and should live our lives accordingly.
See the October Booklet Bundle here.
A booklet of just the Rosary Prayers is available here, the Order for Visiting a Cemetery is available here, and the instructions and prayers for creating, blessing, and using an Advent Wreath are available here, in case you’d like to be able to print those separately. An extended license for group use is available here.
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Included in this month’s booklet are:
Letter to the Reader
Blessing Before Meals + October Prayer
October 1—Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
October 2—The Holy Guardian Angels
October 4—Saint Francis of Assisi
Blessing of Animals
October 7—Our Lady of the Rosary
To You O Blessed Joseph
Litany of Loreto
October 18—Saint Luke
Prayer for Physicians
The Magnificat + Nunc Dimittis
October 22—Saint John Paul II, Pope
Offer Forgiveness and Receive Peace
October 31—All Hallow’s Eve
You get a 36 page pdf file, that can be printed as individual pages, but I recommend opening the pdf in Adobe (there is a free version available for download here) and printing it as a booklet on 6 pieces of paper. For best results print on high quality paper (like 24 weight). Lighter weight paper will work, but there will be more show through from the back.
Your purchase entitles you to print this booklet as many times as you’d like for your own household’s personal use. Please do not share the digital files or print the booklet for others. Thank you! For an extended license, that allows printing the items from one listing for classrooms, groups, or extended family, please see this listing.
- October Booklet Bundle including 2-5 below
- Catholic All October Prayer Booklet
- Rosary Booklet
- Memento Mori Poetry Booklet
- Prayer After Grace for October (Fatima Prayer)
You might also enjoy:
- Grace Before and After Meals (free!)
October Posters and Printables:
- The World is Thy Ship and Not Thy Home Saint Therese of Lisieux Quote printable
- The World is Thy Ship and Not Thy Home – Poster
- Guardian Angel Prayer printable in FIVE versions: Superhero, Fairy Tale, Disney Princess, Star Wars, and Harry Potter
- Also available as 8×10 or 16×20 posters and framed posters
- Do Not Be Afraid When Love Makes Demands St. JPII chalkboard quote printable
- To Maintain a Joyful Family St. JPII quote printable
- To Maintain a Joyful Family 8×10 or 16×20 posters and framed posters
- The Magnificat Prayer printable
- Graphic Rosary follow-along printable
- Set of Three Rosary Quote printables
The text of these traditional prayers are in the public domain. Newer prayers are cited where possible.
Many included prayers and devotions can be found at Catholic Culture, my favorite online resource for Catholic prayers, traditions, and devotions.
The daily collect prayer for feast days not featured in this booklet can be found online here.
Illustrations are from various editions of the Roman Missal that are out of copyright, and other vintage books similarly out of copyright.
Scripture texts in this work are taken from the New American Bible with Revised New Testament and Revised Psalms © 1991, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, D.C. and are used by permission of the copyright owner. All Rights Reserved. No part of the New American Bible may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the copyright owner.
This compilation is copyright Kendra Tierney 2019, all rights reserved.
For more liturgical living ideas, check out www.CatholicAllYear.com
and The Catholic All Year Compendium, available wherever books are sold.
In case you’re wondering . . . this month’s photo props can be found at the links below.
Gold ceramic skull by Z Gallerie
JPII Rosary Quote watercolor print by Brass & Mint Co.
St. Therese and the Roses book by Ignatius Press
Soft rosary by Chews Life
Ceramic saint plaques by St. Andrew’s Abbey
Small St. Therese figurine by Roman
Other items are vintage or unavailable online.